According to sources, Modi invited former cricketers Kapil Dev and Sunil Gavaskar to be part of his tour to Australia. The prime minister is scheduled to leave for Australia on Nov 14. Modi on Tuesday, Nov 11 reached Myanmar to take part in the ASEAN- India summit.
It has been reported that Modi's invitation to Kapil Dev and Sunil Gavaskar was a crafty move to use cricket diplomacy. Both Kapil Dev and Sunil Gavaskar will represent India in a delegation led by PM Modi himself.
Invitation to Kapil Dev was a crafty move to use cricket diplomacy
While speaking to NDTV, Kapil Dev told, "When PM calls, you don't think twice. It is always a great honour to represent the country - as a cricketer and as a former cricketer. I was part of (former Prime Minister) Atal Bihari Vajpayee's trip to Pakistan for the Delhi-Lahore bus service and I know what it means to be part of such a privilege."
The former cricketer also claimed, "It is a wonderful opportunity. PM Modi has an open mind and is ready to listen. While I do not yet know what the plan is, I would love to talk cricket with him."